Mentor2Mentor: Olivia Karis-Nix

Olivia Karis-Nix, is a longtime mentor in Troy, working with her second Sponsor-A-Scholar student, Olivia's first student, Mariah earned a degree from Southern Vermont College in 2016. 

From left: Olivia and A'livijah on their first outing together

From left: Olivia and A'livijah on their first outing together

"To me, mentoring is about finding the balance between leading the student and following the student's lead. On the one hand, I want to provide an example of career success and help the student to follow in this path. To that end, I talk about my own experiences and provide advice from my own perspective. On the other hand, I also know that the student must find her own path. She may have interests and goals that in no way resemble my own, and my job is to support and encourage her in those pursuits, and even give a gentle push every now and then to keep her moving toward her goals. When she graduates, and she is excited to go to college and explore her chosen path, then I know I've done something right!"